Award of Distinction Bestowed Upon Venezuela Film- The Inner Glow- at 16th Global Film Festival

NOIDA, 7th Dec.2023 – In a momentous celebration of cinematic excellence and cultural diplomacy, 16th Global Film Festival Noida proudly presented the Award of Distinction to the distinguished film “The Inner Glow.” The accolade was conferred by Dr. Sandeep Marwah, Chancellor of AAFT University and President of the Global Film Festival, in the presence of a captivated audience comprising filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and students from across India and around the globe.

The event, held at Marwah Studios, showcased the vibrancy and diversity of Venezuelan cinema, with “The Inner Glow” standing out as one of the three films selected for special recognition as part of the Focus Country Venezuela segment. Her Excellency Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, the esteemed Ambassador of Venezuela to India, graciously accepted the Award of Distinction on behalf of the talented filmmakers behind “The Girls Squad.”

The Indo Venezuela Film and Cultural Forum (IVFCF), established in 2016 under the aegis of ICMEI, has been instrumental in fostering meaningful cultural exchange between India and Venezuela. Dr. Sandeep Marwah expressed his satisfaction at the collaborative efforts, stating, “IVFCF has been our steadfast partner in all Global Film Festivals, and we are proud to witness the success and recognition that Venezuelan cinema has garnered on this prestigious platform.”

Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez conveyed her gratitude to the Global Film Festival Noida (GFFN) for designating Venezuela as the Focus Country. She expressed confidence in the power of cinema to facilitate cultural exchange and strengthen bilateral relations between Venezuela and India.

“The Inner Glow” and the other Venezuelan films showcased during the festival were lauded for their cinematic excellence, and Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez predicted that these films would play a pivotal role in fostering cultural ties and enhancing relations between the two nations.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to promoting cultural ties, Dr. Sandeep Marwah conferred upon Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez the prestigious Hindi Cinema Samman, the most prestigious national award for the promotion of India-Venezuela relations, particularly in the realm of art and culture. A memento of the festival was also presented to the Ambassador as a token of appreciation.

The event was graced by the presence of Alfredo Caldera, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Venezuela, and Rojyar Seyeddi, Counsellor at the Embassy of Venezuela, further enhancing the celebration of Indo-Venezuelan cultural collaboration.

The Award of Distinction to “The Inner Glow” marks a significant milestone in the cinematic journey of Venezuela, reaffirming the power of films to transcend borders and unite diverse cultures through the universal language of storytelling.

Culinary Extravaganza at 16th Global Film Festival: AAFT School of Hospitality and Tourism Delights Dignitaries with International Cuisine

Noida 7th Dec. 2023: A flavorful twist to the 16th Global Film Festival, the AAFT School of Hospitality and Tourism took center stage by presenting an array of delectable international cuisines to cinema delegates and distinguished guests.

The inaugural session of the food festival unfolded with immense enthusiasm as AAFT showcased meticulously crafted dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of Ghana, Georgia, Venezuela, and Iran. The culinary creations were met with appreciation from attendees who reveled in the rich and diverse flavors brought to life through extensive research and practice.

Dignitaries gracing the event included Conrad Nana Kojo Asiedu, First Secretary High Commission of Ghana; Dr. Ammar Abdulhamed Khader, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Iraq; Lasha Japaridze, Charge d’Affairs Embassy of Georgia; Her Excellency Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ambassador of Venezuela; and Moshki Mohammed Reza from the Embassy of Iran. The presence of esteemed personalities from both the film and diplomatic spheres added a touch of international flair to the culinary celebration.

Notable figures from the film industry, such as veteran filmmaker and former Chair for Censor Board of Certification, Pehlaj Nehlani; renowned actress Neelam Sharma; acclaimed Director Sukhwant Dhaddha; prominent Producer Asif Aza Khan; and respected film producer and director from the USA, Trilok Malik, also graced the occasion.

Simultaneously, the event marked the launch of an important initiative related to Millet Food, previously initiated by the Prime Minister of India. Special dishes crafted from Millet Food were served to the guests and delegates of the film festival, aligning with the ongoing efforts to promote healthier dietary choices.

The culinary offerings received widespread acclaim, underscoring the success of AAFT School of Hospitality and Tourism in curating a gastronomic experience that resonated with the diverse and discerning palates of the attendees.